Rating: 4.29 stars
156 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 79
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

I got this recipe from a friend who recently vacationed in Ireland. This is one of my favorite easy dinners! The stout beer really adds a great flavor.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss beef cubes with flour to coat, then fry in the hot oil until browned. Place the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic in a large slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables. Mix together the beef broth and tomato paste and pour into the slow cooker along with the beer.

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  • Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 8 hours. During the last hour before serving, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water and then stir into the broth. Simmer on the High setting for a few minutes to thicken.

Nutrition Facts

597 calories; protein 27.6g; carbohydrates 62.5g; fat 26.8g; cholesterol 81.6mg; sodium 497.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (118)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
We have just finished this stew, I was going to take a picture but it didn't last long enough for that! I took other reviewers advice and added spices. I added about two tablespoons of rosemary, a tsp of garlic, tsp of parsley, salt and pepper, a teeeny sprinkle of thyme and a half teaspoon of italian seasoning.Thank you for the recipe :) Oh also...I kinda started it wrong. I cooked the meat as said, and then I put it in water with four oxo cubes...then let it all soak for about an hr on low heat since I was cooking it on the stove. then I added my potatoes I used baby new potatoes so I didn't have to peel (ha!) then I mixed the tomato paste with some water and another oxo cube, then added it to the stew then finally added the can of beer. Will defo...DEFO be making this again. Thank you again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2009
I felt that the recipe didn't have enough liquids. I added two cups broth. I also reduced the stout to six ounces as I had some very strong tasting beer. The result was a very mild and delicious broth with just the right amount of stout taste. It was very good. Read More
(21)
156 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 79
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
We have just finished this stew, I was going to take a picture but it didn't last long enough for that! I took other reviewers advice and added spices. I added about two tablespoons of rosemary, a tsp of garlic, tsp of parsley, salt and pepper, a teeeny sprinkle of thyme and a half teaspoon of italian seasoning.Thank you for the recipe :) Oh also...I kinda started it wrong. I cooked the meat as said, and then I put it in water with four oxo cubes...then let it all soak for about an hr on low heat since I was cooking it on the stove. then I added my potatoes I used baby new potatoes so I didn't have to peel (ha!) then I mixed the tomato paste with some water and another oxo cube, then added it to the stew then finally added the can of beer. Will defo...DEFO be making this again. Thank you again! Read More
(83)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2011
Made this in the slow cooker and added celery and swede.. great recipe. Read More
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2007
My family loves this recipe. I've found that some rosemary garlic seasoning really pulls it all together and gives it a great flavor. The only other change I make is slow cooking it on the stove. It makes the whole house smell great on a cold winter's day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2011
This was a great stew but as others said needed some spicing. Only change was I added the tomatoe paste to the skillet used to brown the beef for 20 secs to get rid of the tinny taste and then added the beef broth and deglazed the skillet. Pour into crock pot. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2009
I felt that the recipe didn't have enough liquids. I added two cups broth. I also reduced the stout to six ounces as I had some very strong tasting beer. The result was a very mild and delicious broth with just the right amount of stout taste. It was very good. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2009
I made this in the slow cooker on high for 6 hours and it was delicious. Easy and simple the way Irish stew should be - no need for fancy ingrediants. I follwed the recipe exactly except that I added 1 cup of fresh mushrooms when there was about 2 hours of cooking time left. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2006
I made this recipe on St Patrick's day for my family and only added 2 xtras leeks and parsnip and still my family felt it was very bland. I would definately add seasonings to this. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2009
It was a great recipe but the stout beer was way to stout for my family. Gave it a wangy taste that my kids didnt enjoy much at all. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2006
It was good. I added salt pepper and seasoning salt to it but that is just because we like salty food. I will definitely make again. My cousin wanted the recipe so he could hand it out to everyone. I served it with home-made sourdough bread although wheat bread would be good. Would also be outstanding in bread bowls. Read More
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